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Afghan pullout could be accelerated

Afghan pullout could be accelerated
Number 10 has insisted that the Government is "sticking to its plan" in Afghanistan despite suggestions the handover of combat operations to Afghan forces could be accelerated in the wake of the attack by a US soldier which left 16 Afghan civilians dead.

The Prime Minister's spokeswoman said: “This is transition the plan has not changed we are seeing progress, we want to see further progress. We have been very clear about the role of our combat troops.”

David Cameron is expected to discuss the plan, which would see Afghan forces take the lead in combat operations over the whole country by the middle of 2013, in Washington with Barack Obama today. The leaders have said this morning that they are “proud of the progress” made in Afghanistan.

The news comes US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta warned that the solider who carried out the shootings over the weekend may face the death penatly for his actions.

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